Brazil soy industry declares moratorium on soy from newly deforested areas of Amazon

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25 July 2006

McVictory: Victory as Fast Food Giant Pledges to Help Protect the Amazon

Author: Greenpeace

In an historic deal that has impacts far beyond the golden arches and into the global agricultural market, McDonald's is now the leading company in the campaign for a moratorium on the expansion of soya farming in the Amazon...Joining McDonald's are other big names such as the UK supermarket chains Asda (owned by Walmart of the US), Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, Spanish supermarket chain El Corte Ingles, Belgian Alpro, German chocolate maker Ritter-Sport and supermarket chain Tegut and Brazilian food manufacturers Nutrimental and Vitao Nutrihouse.

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24 July 2006

Announcement [Brazil]

Author: Associação Brasileira Das Indústrias De Óleos Vegetais (Abiove) & Associação Nacional Dos Exportadores De Cereais (Anec)

The...Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries...the...National Association of Grain Exporters and their respective members are committed to the implementation of a governance program, whose objective is to not trade soya from the crop that will be planted as of October 2006 that come from areas within the Amazon biome, that are deforested after the date of this announcement. This initiative, which will last for two years, seeks to reconcile environmental conservation with economic development, through the responsible and sustainable use of Brazil's natural resources...The sector reiterates its repudiation of slave labor...

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24 July 2006

Brazil Soy Industry Boycotts Beans From the Amazon

Author: Reuters

Brazilian soy crushers and exporters will stop buying soybeans grown in the Amazon...for the time being, industry groups said...bowing to pressure from activist groups...The moratorium, which will last for two years, will apply to soybeans planted as of October 2006 in newly deforested areas of the Amazon...The initiative, spearheaded by the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Producers (Abiove) and the National Grains Exporters' Association, "seeks to reconcile environmental conservation with economic development," the groups said...During the moratorium, Brazilian soy industry leaders...like Archer Daniels Midland Co., Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus will work with the government and non-governmental organizations to come up with strategies to develop the Amazon while preserving the rain forest. The groups also pledged not to buy soybeans from plantations that use slave labor...

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24 July 2006

Press Release: Greenpeace Report

Author: Karen Van Bergen, McDonald's Europe & Flavia Vigio, McDonald's Brasil

McDonald's has a long standing policy not to source beef from the deforested areas in the Amazon, so it was only logical to bring soya sourcing in line with this policy...We welcome the commitment by ABIOVE (Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries) and ANEC (National Association of Grain Exporters) to take these first steps towards the protection of the Amazon Biome.

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